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Time+Space releases Ilio classic sample libraries

Time+Space has announced it is bringing the classics back into the present, with the release of four Ilio sample libraries.

These days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sample libraries with many new releases springing up across the internet every day.

Yet, there are many libraries from the past that remain timeless, still sounding as great and inspirational today as they did several years ago. Having been established for almost twenty years, Time+Space fondly remember many of these ‘classics’, and have taken it upon themselves to bring them back to the present.

To kick things off Time+Space have taken four of Ilio’s sample collections from the early ‘noughties’ and converted them from their original Akai format to WAV files, making them more accessible for today’s music producers.

Ilio sample libraries at Time+Space

Ilio sample libraries

  • Memphis Horns – Hundreds of trumpet, trombone, bari and tenor phrases in multiple keys and tempos played by the hugely successful Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love.
  • Phat Fingers – Delivers hundreds of funkified guitar and bass patterns, slides, and fills arranged into 30 song construction kits.
  • Hot Steel Blues – Reveals a soulful Blues attitude with low-down and greasy riffs courtesy of both electric and acoustic guitars.
  • Keys to the City – Created and produced by Michael Bearden, this library delivers tons of synth and keyboard grooves organized into multi-tracked compositions.

The above Ilio sample libraries are now available to download exclusively from Time+Space.

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ILIO now shipping Synthogy Ivory II – Upright Pianos

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Synthogy Ivory II - Upright Pianos

ILIO has announced it is now shipping Ivory II – Upright Pianos, the third product in Synthogy’s newest generation of virtual piano technology.

The first two, Ivory II–Grand Pianos and Ivory II-Italian Grand, were released in 2010. This classic collection of four Vertical Pianos now enjoys the full benefits of the powerful new Ivory II piano DSP engine, with Harmonic Resonance Modeling for true Sympathetic String Vibration.

Each of the four Upright Pianos now has more velocity layers, pedal noise enhancements, half-pedaling, and further refinements. Beyond the sample improvements, there are additional features such as custom upright soundboard DSP, and a selectable “creaks and clunks” layer, to provide an even more authentic upright playing experience.

Ivory II – Upright Pianos is distributed in North America by ILIO. MSRP $299 USD.

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Synthogy Ivory II – Italian Grand, virtual piano instrument now shipping

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Synthogy Ivory II - Italian Grand

Synthogy has announced that it will begin shipping Ivory II – Italian Grand through its distributor ILIO and retail stores on November 1, 2010.

Ivory II Italian Grand is the second product in Synthogy’s newest generation of virtual piano technology. The first, Ivory II–Grand Pianos, was released in September. Featuring the expanded sound set of the original 10 foot Concert Grand Piano, and fully integrated with the powerful new Ivory II piano DSP engine with Harmonic Resonance Modeling for true Sympathetic String Vibration, Ivory II–Italian Grand represents the leading edge of virtual piano technology.

The piano itself is one of the world’s most sought after Concert instruments. Handcrafted in Italy, it is also one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive Concert Grands, renowned for its expressive dynamics and full-bodied character. Its tone is remarkably versatile, equally at home in large-scale classical works, intimate jazz playing, as well as a full range of rock and pop styles. The beauty of this instrument is captured in great detail, with up to 18 velocity levels, additional soft pedal and release samples and pedal noise enhancements. Synthogy’s decades of expertise in piano development, along with proprietary “timbre interpolation” technology combine to deliver the unrivaled playability and expressiveness that Ivory is famous for.

Ivory II Italian Grand also comes to life in a whole new way thanks to the innovative features in the new Ivory II piano engine. Principal among them is Sympathetic String Resonance, a long sought after but elusive characteristic of real pianos that Synthogy approaches in a completely new and unique way. Realizing the true complexities and subtleties of sympathetic string excitation, Synthogy’s Harmonic Resonance Modeling is a brand new technology that does not rely upon triggering additional samples, ordinary sine waves, or recordings in any way. Rather, notes struck that are harmonically related excite the actual complex overtones of the notes that are being held, in the same manner that un-damped strings ring in a real acoustic piano. The result is an unprecedented new level of realism.

The full compliment of Ivory II’s new features is also present, such as Half Pedaling, Lid Position, Pedal Noise, and Tuning Tables to provide even greater detail and control. Additionally, features like Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ, and new Synth Layer controls offer powerful new sound sculpting capabilities for custom piano programming and sound design.

Ivory II – Italian Grand is available to purchase for a suggested retail price of $179 USD.

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Synthogy Ivory II – Grand Pianos, virtual piano instrument shipping soon

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Synthogy Ivory II - Grand Pianos

Synthogy has announced that it will begin shipping Ivory II – Grand Pianos through its distributor ILIO and retail stores on September 13, 2010.

Ivory II – Grand Pianos will be the first of Synthogy’s new products to feature the all-new Ivory II piano DSP engine. It is the first major upgrade to all of its Ivory pianos since they were first launched. Significant improvements have been made to both the piano DSP engine and to the integrated sample libraries that come with the products. Following the release of Ivory II – Grand Pianos, the Ivory II upgrade to Synthogy’s Italian Grand will be available near the end of September, while the Ivory II upgrade to Upright Pianos is expected later this year.

The Ivory II piano DSP engine includes many new features Synthogy customers have been requesting, including Harmonic Resonance Modeling for Sympathetic String Resonance, Half Pedaling, Pedal Noise, Lid Position, Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ, Tuning Tables, and New Synth Layers with controls.

Ivory II – Grand Pianos features

  • Over 77 Gigabytes of stunning, Acoustic Grand Piano sampled instruments: Bösendorfer 290 Imperial Grand, German Steinway D 9’ Concert Grand, Yamaha C7 Grand (Each piano can be installed separately).
  • Up to 18 discrete velocity layers with Sample Interpolation Technology for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions.
  • Harmonic Resonance Modeling for the most realistic Sympathetic String Resonance possible.
  • Half-pedaling.
  • Synthogy’s exclusive, powerful 32 bit Sample Playback and DSP engine, engineered specifically for recreating the acoustic piano.
  • Sustain Resonance DSP for realistic Damper Pedal response.
  • World class digital FX including Real Ambience, Chorus and EQ.
  • Customizable User controls for Timbre, Stereo Width and Perspective, Velocity Response, Mechanical Key Noise, Lid Position, Tuning Tables, and more.
  • Expertly tuned and regulated pianos in world-class studios and concert halls.
  • All 88 keys individually sampled in up to 18 dynamic levels (plus Bösendorfer extended low octave).
  • Incorporates exclusive Sample Interpolation Technology used for ultra-smooth velocity and note transitions.
  • Real Release samples, Soft Pedal samples, and Pedal Noise enhancements.
  • Optional synth pad layer for modern/pop combinations.
  • Dozens of user-adjustable presets.

Upgrade paths are available to users of previous versions of Ivory products.

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Vienna Symphonic Library announces Summer Special

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Vienna Symphonic Library Summer Special

Vienna Symphonic Library has announced a Summer Special, a limited time offer in conjunction with purchases of the Vienna Special Edition collections, Vienna Suite and Vienna MIR software.

Customers who buy Vienna Suite, the Vienna Special Edition or the Special Edition PLUS (Standard or Extended Library) between June 15 and July 15, 2010, receive one free Single Instrument Download of their choice.

Customers who buy Vienna MIR will be rewarded with two free Single Instrument Downloads. Purchases may be combined in order to receive more than one or two free Single Instrument Downloads, as long as all purchases and registrations occur during the promotional period. A list of all available download instruments can be found at the Vienna Symphonic Library’s website.

VSL also announced that ILIO, Vienna Symphonic Library’s distributor for North and South America, is currently offering significant one-time discounts on all Extended Libraries of the Vienna Instruments collections.

Customers may save between 15% and 30% on all Extended Libraries depending on how many they purchase between June 15 and July 15, 2010. Considering the recent approximately 20% price decrease on most DVD Collections, as well as the new specially priced bundle packages, Vienna Instruments are more affordable than ever. Details of this limited time offer may be found at www.ilio.com.

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Overloud announces March Specials

Overloud has announced March Specials, offering a discount on its Breverb and TH1 products.

For a limited time customers may purchase Overloud’s BREVERB plug-in and TH1 Guitar Amp Effects plug-in for a very reduced price. From now through April 15, 2010 BREVERB will be offered at a special promotional price of $219 (normally $399) and TH1 will be offered at $199 (normally $349).

Overloud March Specials

Breverb, is a high-end algorithmic reverberation plug-in which faithfully recreates the sound of hardware reverbs while keeping the CPU load very low. Breverb combines a hardware-like user interface with the flexibility of a well thought-out software plug-in and uncompromising sound quality. It includes four different algorithms, Hall, Room, Plate, and Inverse, with dozens of presets.

TH1 is Overloud’s 4th generation tube and analog emulation guitar effects suite. Exclusive features include SLR technology that morphs between amps, 3D positioning of microphones in front of cabinets, and VariFire, a Gain-Character control for expanded distortion color control. TH1 also includes 10 amplifier models, 21 cabinets, 18 microphones, and 65 stomp boxes, pedals and rack effects.

Breverb and TH1 are distributed in North America by ILIO.

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Synthogy announces Ivory II Upgrade Path

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Synthogy Ivory II

Synthogy has announced upgrade paths as well as pricing levels for the next generation of all Ivory piano products.

All current users of Synthogy products will be able to upgrade to the Ivory II versions at the following prices: Ivory Grand Pianos Upgrade-$89, Ivory Italian Grand Upgrade-$45, Ivory Upright Pianos Upgrade-$79. All Ivory II products are scheduled for release in May 2010.

In addition, anyone who has purchased any Synthogy products on or after November 1, 2009 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to the Ivory II version of that product. Anyone who has purchased the Ivory Grand Pianos Version 1.7 upgrade for $149 at any time, will be eligible to receive a free Ivory Grand Pianos II upgrade.

New pricing for all Ivory II products is as follows: Ivory II-Grand Pianos $349, Ivory II-Italian Grand $179, and Ivory II-Upright Pianos $299.

Changes in Ivory II

  • Powered by a new custom engine, the entire line of Ivory virtual pianos will feature groundbreaking new technology, a new graphic interface, and further expanded piano sample sets to provide performers and producers with more expressive detail than ever.
  • A host of new piano-related features has been added to the Ivory II engine. Principal among these is Sympathetic String Resonance, a sought after but elusive characteristic of real pianos that Synthogy approaches in a unique way to realize the complexities and subtleties of sympathetic string excitation.
  • Ivory II also addresses Synthogy’s most frequent customer requests with features like Half Pedaling, Lid Position, Pedal Noise, and Tuning Tables to deliver the most detail and control available in a virtual piano.
  • Additional features like Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ, and new Synth Layer control offer new sound sculpting capabilities for custom piano programming and sound design.
  • At the heart of Ivory II are Ivory’s legendary pianos. Each Ivory piano, in every Ivory product, has been further refined and developed to include more velocity levels (up to 18 per piano), more soft pedal samples, more release samples, with greater fidelity and refinement than before.

Ivory-Grand Pianos, Ivory-Italian Grand, and Ivory-Upright Pianos are distributed in North America by ILIO, carrying the highest quality virtual instruments, sample libraries, and creative tools for professional musicians.

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Synthogy announces Ivory II

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Synthogy Ivory II

Synthogy has announced that it will introduce its next generation of Ivory piano products in 2010.

Dubbed Ivory II, the powerful new custom engine for Synthogy’s line of virtual pianos will provide exciting new features, an all-new GUI, and further expanded piano sample sets to provide performers with more expressive detail than ever.

New in Ivory II

  • Sympathetic String Resonance, a sought after but elusive characteristic of real pianos that Synthogy approaches in a completely new and unique way to realize the true complexities and subtleties of sympathetic string excitation.
  • Half Pedaling, Lid Position, Pedal Noise, and Tuning Tables to deliver the most detail and control available in a virtual piano.
  • Timbre Shifting, Parametric EQ, and new Synth Layer control offer powerful new sound sculpting capabilities for custom piano programming and sound design.
  • Each Ivory piano, in every Ivory product, has been further refined and developed to include more velocity levels (up to 18 per piano), more soft pedal samples, more release samples, with greater fidelity and refinement than ever before, to surpass Ivory’s already unmatched playability.

The Ivory II upgrade will be offered on all three of Synthogy’s existing products in the spring of 2010. Upgrades for existing customers will be offered, with details to be announced at a later date.

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